Car firm Toyota and computing firm Microsoft have teamed up to expand connected-vehicle technologies, as well as receive help with research in telematics, data analysis and network security services.
Toyota Connected will be based in Plano, California and will be headed by chief information officer and group vice president at Toyota Motor North America Zack Hicks.
Microsoft’s initial investment is understood to be $5.5 million, with Toyota planning to use data science through the Azure cloud technology that Microsoft will provide.
The two companies have been working together on wireless technology services in Toyota’s cars since 2011, and will work together to “help humanise the driving experience” and “free the customers from the tyranny of technology” in this new venture.
With internal systems becoming more complicated as they are given more to do to run the car, Toyota Connected’s aim is to simplify the processes provided with the help of Microsoft. This means that as car technologies become more advanced, they don’t become any more complex.
Zack Hicks said, “From telematics services that learn from your habits and preferences, to use-based insurance pricing models that respond to actual driving patterns, to connected vehicle networks that can share road condition and traffic information, our goal is to deliver services that make lives easier.”
Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Planning Kurt Delbene said, “Toyota is taking a bold step in creating a company dedicated to bringing cloud intelligence into the driving experience.
“We look forward to working with Toyota Connected to harness the power data to make driving more personal, intuitive and safe.”
Author: Jack Healy
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.